John Beattie this week became the first teacher at the helm of England's General Teaching Council. Mr Beattie, assistant principal of Exmouth Community College, Devon, will have to convince teachers of the GTC's worth, two years after its foundation.
Bill Cockburn, the new chairman of the School Teachers' Review Body, will produce his first recommendations to government on teachers' pay in January.
Mr Cockburn, a top businessman, has been asked by ministers to recommend the first three-year pay deal for teachers, to take them up to 2006.
Phillip Hunter, visiting professor of education at Keele University, takes over this month from Sir Peter Newsam as chief schools adjudicator.